Cuphead Switch Review: Old Timey Fun & Challenge On A Small Screen

Cuphead and Mugman haven’t lost a step in their move to Switch. The game remains an immensely enjoyable and challenging romp at home or on the go.

Cuphead earned praise and mild infamy in 2017 for its faithful homage to 1930’s animation and its polished but challenging gameplay. That high quality hasn’t diminished in its move to the Switch. The Nintendo faithful will find to plenty to love (and loathe) about Studio MDHR’s deceptively tough platformer; a game that’s much more than a pretty face.

If this is your first rodeo, Cuphead and his pal Mugman wind up in hot water after an ill-fated night of gambling leads to a forced deal with the Devil. The duo must collect the soul contracts of the dark lord’s other debtors or face eternal servitude. Cuphead’s old-school art regularly turns heads and for good reason: it looks fantastic and unlike anything else out there. Animations look gorgeous. Smaller touches like the flickering film grain and muffled sound bites further sell the idea that you’re playing a cartoon from yesteryear. A varied and boisterous jazz soundtrack, one of the best in recent years, bolsters the incredible presentation.

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Cuphead’s run-and-gun side-scrolling gameplay takes inspiration from classics such as Contra and Mega Man. Finger-gunning down foes and nailing the snappy parry move feels as smooth as it did on Xbox and PC.  The game never skips a beat while playing in handheld mode as well. In fact, the smaller screen’s lower resolution actually compliments the vintage presentation. Super crisp resolution didn’t exist 80 years ago, after all. The only drawback of playing undocked comes from the hardware side. Expect a sore thumb after holding down the Joy-Con’s tiny fire button during longer sessions.  

A rogue’s gallery of elaborate boss battles act as the game’s centerpiece and remain among of the most imaginative in gaming. From a sweets-loving princess who chucks her own head to pugilist frogs that merge into a giant slot machine, no two bosses are alike. Watching them take on even wackier forms throughout the fight is both exciting and terrifying. That’s because, despite their whimsical veneer, overcoming bosses demands a high level of timing, precision, and, most of all, patience. Make no mistake: Cuphead is a very hard game. But no matter how crushing the loss, nothing ever feels cheap. Boss patterns are relatively easy to decipher, so you can always tell where you went wrong. The steep difficulty only makes each victory feel like a well-earned accomplishment. If you have a friend that’s up to the challenge, conquering foes in co-op play can be a raucous blast.

Sweetening the bitter spoonfuls of defeat is a wonderful progress meter that illustrates exactly how far players progressed during a fight. Seeing that a boss was only a shot or two away from falling can be equal parts inspiring and infuriating. Regardless, it’s a powerful motivator to keep trying as you literally see yourself getting better with each attempt.

Boss battles may be fantastic but the handful of traditional platforming stages remain the weakest part of package. Though adequate, there’s something less tolerable about enduring a hard, drawn-out side scrolling stage than a single large-scale fight. Run-and-gun stages aren’t worthless, however. They house coins used to purchase a myriad of helpful upgrades. Spread shots, teleport dashes, and special abilities like brief invincibility are among the fun and invaluable enhancements.

New features for Switch include the option to play the entire adventure as Mugman. The Luigi to Cuphead’s Mario had formerly been restricted to Player 2 in co-op. Mugman plays identically to his buddy so the choice is purely preferential, but it’s a welcomed change nonetheless. Beautifully animated cutscenes replace the original static scenes to further enhance the cartoon nostalgia. A range of additional language options helps in the accessibility department.

Whether you’re rage quitting at home or on the bus, Cuphead remains one of the most exhilarating indie titles out there. It may be tough, but the highs of toppling foe after zany foe feels amazing, and the tight gameplay makes every victory seem achievable. The much-lauded art direction hasn’t gotten old and really has to be seen in action to believe. Sadly, the only thing missing from this version is a wrist strap to prevent players from hurling their Switches after one too many losses to Mr. King Dice.

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Cuphead is out now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC. Screen Rant was provided with a Switch download code for the purposes of this review.

2019-04-25 02:04:27

Marcus Stewart

10 Previous Failed Attempts To Adapt MCU Characters For The Screen

Marvel Studios struck gold when they decided to start bringing every one of their characters to whom they had the film rights to the screen in an interconnected franchise. They changed the way blockbusters are made. Now, every movie studio is trying (and mostly failing) to connect all of their movies in an overarching narrative that forces audiences to watch them all.

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Once-obscure characters like Black Panther and Doctor Strange are now among the most popular superheroes in the world. But those characters didn’t take so long to come to the screen due to lack of trying. Here are 10 Previous Failed Attempts To Adapt MCU Characters For The Screen.

10 Quentin Tarantino’s Luke Cage

After his indie debut Reservoir Dogs made him one of the hottest directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was offered a bunch of movies. One of them was Luke Cage, which he came close to actually making with Laurence Fishburne in the lead. However, it fell through when the director focused his attention on Pulp Fiction.

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Tarantino has spoken about the Netflix adaptation, criticizing it for changing the ‘70s setting of the early comics: “I love the way the character was presented so much in the ‘70s. I’m not really that open to a rethinking on who he was. I just think that first issue, that origin issue…was so good, and it was really Marvel’s attempt to try to do a blaxploitation movie vibe as one of their superhero comics…The Luke Cage: Hero for Hire era – that’s the era.”

9 The Wasp in The Avengers

When Joss Whedon was hired to write and direct The Avengers, the MCU’s first big team-up, his script went through “a lot of insane iterations of what might be.” He claims he initially “wrote a huge bunch of pages starring the Wasp” before Kevin Feige told him they wanted to save the character’s MCU debut for a later movie that could focus on her more.

In the end, the Wasp was introduced initially as Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man and then in her full superhero form in its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp. Feige probably made the right call. The Avengers was too early to do her character justice.

8 Sam Raimi’s Thor

Back in the 1990s, Sam Raimi was considering directing a movie about Thor. The director was even approached by Stan Lee himself.

He said, “After I did Darkman, Stan Lee called me and was like, ‘Hey, kid, I liked your movie.’ He took me out to lunch and said we should work together. I said I’d like to make a movie about Thor. We worked together writing treatments and took it to Fox and pitched it. And they said, ‘Absolutely no. Comic books don’t make good movies.’” A few years later, he’d prove them all wrong with his hit Spider-Man trilogy.

7 Ray Park’s Iron Fist

Years before Danny Rand entered the MCU’s Netflix-verse, Ray Park was attached to play the character in a movie adaptation. Park has been an avid martial artist since his dad introduced him to it as a kid.

His name might not be particularly recognizable, but he has played major roles in all of our favorite franchises. He played Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (and then reprised his role last year for a surprise cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story), Toad in the X-Men series, Snake-Eyes in both G.I. Joe movies, and Edgar on the cult classic TV drama Heroes.

6 David Hayter’s Black Widow

In 2004, Lionsgate attempted to get a Black Widow movie made about the Natasha Romanova version of the character. David Hayter, the writer of two X-Men movies and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, was hired to write and direct the movie, but it ultimately fell through.

We still have yet to see a Black Widow solo movie in the MCU, but Scarlett Johansson has played her in a handful of movies and her solo movie is moving forward with the success of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman proving female-led comic book movies can bust just as many blocks at the box office as male-led ones.

5 Nick Fury in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was the initially exciting and eventually very disappointing big-screen debut of the Silver Surfer. But it was almost the big-screen debut of another Marvel character: Nick Fury. However, Fox didn’t own the rights to that character, so they had to cut him from the script and replace his role in the script with the brand-new military character General Hager.

Hager was described as “an old acquaintance of Reed Richards and one of the major additions to the movie,” and he was played by Andre Braugher (who is now best known as Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Captain Holt), so it wasn’t all bad.

4 Wesley Snipes’ Black Panther

Long before the MCU, Wesley Snipes was interested in starring as T’Challa in a Black Panther movie. He said, “I think Black Panther spoke to me, because he was noble, and he was the antithesis of the stereotypes presented and portrayed about Africans, African history, and the great kingdoms of Africa. It had cultural significance, social significance. It was something that the black community and the white community hadn’t seen before.”

Acclaimed black filmmakers such as Mario Van Peebles and John Singleton were approached for the film. However, Snipes ran into issues with funding a big-budget superhero movie with a black lead – especially since the studios hadn’t heard of the character and thought he was pitching a movie about the Black Panther Party.

3 Guillermo del Toro’s Doctor Strange

There were a bunch of attempts to adapt Doctor Strange for the big screen throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s. The earliest draft was written by Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale, while David S. Goyer worked on a few different incarnations of the movie. Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey, the producing team behind The Sopranos, were on board to produce a Doctor Strange movie at one point.

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The closest it came to happening before Scott Derrickson and Benedict Cumberbatch brought the character to the MCU was a 2007 pitch by Guillermo del Toro, who would direct, and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, who would provide the script. Their pitch involved the female villain Clea and it would have been pretty trippy stuff.

2 Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man

Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man is one of the most well-known unmade MCU movies. He left the project due to creative differences, as they all do, and we’re left with dreams of what could’ve been.

Wright described his treatment for the movie’s plot as “a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the ‘60s, in sort of Tales to Astonish mode, basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Hank Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.” Peyton Reed directed the eventual film, which fit in with the MCU’s house style more than Wright’s would have, and was pretty good.

1 Nick Cassavetes’ Iron Man

After directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Joss Whedon were approached to direct an Iron Man movie, Nick Cassavetes was eventually hired by New Line Cinema. Both Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise expressed interest in taking the lead role, with Cruise even interested in producing.

Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and David Hayter all worked on drafts of a screenplay, whose plot revolved around Iron Man having to fight his father Howard Stark, who had taken on the War Machine moniker. In the end, the rights reverted back to Marvel Studios and they decided to make it their first independent movie in a long-term plan to build their own interconnected franchise.

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2019-04-05 11:04:13

Ben Sherlock

Fortnite Continues To Push Pros Away With Stretched Screen Resolutions Ban

Stretched screen resolution has been banned from Fortnite‘s competitive scene, following an official update from Epic Games. As the biggest game in the world, there were always going to be a lot of issues when forming a professional circuit for the title, and it appears the new ban is the latest in a series of decisions that have been heavily criticized by the game’s pro players.

As popular as Fortnite is, it’s still so new that putting together a team to spearhead its adoption as a viable esport was going to be a major task. That’s tough, but juggling that with new game updates that retain the attention of players in the wake of Apex Legends‘ immense success is another beast entirely. It’s true that Fortnite‘s profits have been falling following a record year for Epic Games, as it recorded $3 billion in revenue in 2018 alone. Pro players, in general, have been unhappy with recent developments for the title, with a group of pros opting to play UNO instead of Fortnite following its latest update.

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Epic Games posted on its official website to lay out some of the ground rules for its competitive approach to Fortnite. While there are a number of rules that have been set within the quasi-guide, the one thing that’s earned the ire of professional players is the ban placed on stretched screen resolution. As the section reads:

In the near future, we will be updating how we handle custom resolutions on PC. When using a custom resolution, vertical FOV will be locked. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked in all modes, but in competitive playlists (e.g. Arena and in-game tournaments) we will be locking the aspect ratio to 16:9.

This issue with this is that pro players have begun changing the screen ratios in order to increase their competitive edge. These rules enforce a 16:9 (1920 x 1080) screen size, but professional players find that their game is enhanced through altering the screen in Fortnite to wider ratios like 4:3 (1440 x 1080) and 5:3 (1600 x 1080). Why would they do this? Well, doing so increases the hitbox for enemy players, which makes pulling off headshots and the like a much easier task.

Truthfully, altering the screen this way walks a very fine line – and generally makes streaming a lot less enjoyable as a result of the wonky dimensions of the gameplay. The counterpoint to this by competitive players is that these rules have been implemented far too close to the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers, which means all of the hours logged into the game thus far for those practising with a stretched screen resolution have equated to wasted preparation time. Given the intense amount of backlash, we’ll see if Epic Games doubles down on its decision or revises it in the near future.

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Source: Epic Games

2019-04-04 09:04:13

Riley Little

MCU’s Top 10 Comic Book Costumes Brought To The Big Screen

For any comic book fans, there is an undeniable thrill of seeing some of your favorite characters brought to life on the big screen. How closely a movie character resembles their comic book source can depend on things like the actor who plays the character or the quality of the visual effects. But sometimes, getting the costume right can make all the difference.

It’s not always easy adapting some of the more outlandish comic book costumes to the big screen. The MCU seems to be willing to take the risk in embracing those original character designs and has done a great job creating some classic looks. Check out some of the best comic book costumes brought to life in the MCU so far.

10 The Vulture – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man has the best rogues’ gallery in the Marvel Universe, and it includes some pretty ridiculous looking bad guys. The thought of bringing the Vulture—an old man in a bird costume—to life in a way that could be taken seriously seemed impossible.

For the villain’s design in Spider-Man: Homecoming, they wisely decided to do a mix of realistic updates and nods to the original look. They replaced the bird-like wings with a tech-based concept while finding a reason to keep the feathery neck-warmer. Somehow, this managed to accomplish an effectively frightening look.

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9 Black Panther – Captain America: Civil War

The Black Panther costume is a bit unique compared to other outfits. It is not just something the hero wears, but also an ancient and important symbol for Wakanda. There was a lot of pressure for them to get this one right. From the first look we get at T’Challa in his Black Panther glory, it was clear they nailed it.

What could have easily looked like a rip-off of the Batsuit, manages to be its own thing entirely. The suit is cool, intimidating, and regal all at once. Although, we are hoping we’ll get to see him don the costume’s cape at some point.

8 Crossbones – Captain America: Civil War

Sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome with bringing a comic book look to life is answering the question “Why would someone wear that?â€� Crossbones’ look in the comics is a cool look for a villain. But when we first meet his alter ego, Brock Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Solider, there’s no reason for him to be wearing such a get-up.

When Rumlow is reintroduced in Captain America: Civil War, we get to see a version of the costume that is actually justified. Presenting the design as combat gear with some creative spray paint alterations, it looks great and makes sense.

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7 Doctor Strange – Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange’s look is one of the riskiest to pull off out of any of Marvel’s heroes. He inhabits a world of mysticism, so some outlandish costumes are to be expected. But if his look doesn’t make the live-action transition well enough, then we could be stuck with a hero that looks like a children’s magician.

Luckily, Marvel was wise enough to just go for it and recreate the costume quite faithfully. Yes, it looks “out there,â€� but it’s suitable to the world. Also, they had the ingenious idea to make Strange’s cape sentient adding a great layer to the look.

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6 Hela – Thor: Ragnarok

While it can be daunting to bring such bold character designs to life, they can also offer some interesting opportunities for filmmakers. Some directors know how to use the strange visuals of these designs to amazing effect. Such is the case with Taika Waititi’s use of the villain Hela.

While Hela has a few different looks in the film, the sight of her in her full antler-helmet costume is unforgettable. This is on full display in the battle sequence between the Valkyries and Hela. It is both beautiful and horrifying at the same time.

5 Captain America – Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America’s costume is one of the most over-the-top of all the Avengers. It doesn’t help that he is also probably the most earnest of the heroes. There must have been a lot of debate as to how to present this design, but in order to do it right, they needed just embrace it.

The costume may look out of place in certain moments, but it works surprisingly well. The movies have been clever in making the costume a symbol rather than a practical battle outfit. And indeed, there’s something very special about seeing that costume appear each time.

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4 Loki – Thor

Like Doctor Strange and the world of magic, the Asgard realm offers some benefits and challenges with their costumes. The more outrageous looks can be explained, but if something looks inauthentic, the whole world that was created can fall apart. It’s hard to say where the biggest challenge lies, but it’s likely Loki.

The God of Mischief wears the typical Asgardian garbs, which are a cross between cosmic and Medieval. But the helmet is the real test. Those massive horns could have been a distraction, but instead, they help make Loki appear more sinister and powerful.

3 Spider-Man – Captain America: Civil War

The MCU waited a long time to get to play with Spider-Man in their own universe. When the time finally came with Captain America: Civil War, all eyes were on how they would handle yet another rebooted look.

Brilliantly, Marvel went with a classic look, channeling the Steve Ditko era of Spider-Man. The result is a beautiful and fun throwback design that pleased many fans. Some complained about the costume’s reliance on CGI, but that seems to be the norm these days. Plus, they are the first ones to bring the adjustable mask eyes to live action and it’s a welcome inclusion.

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2 Vision – Avengers: Age of Ultron

The concept of Vision is hard enough to bring to the big screen, let alone his unusual look. Director Joss Whedon seems to be a fan of sticking as close to the original looks as possible, so he deserves a lot of credit for how good it came out.

What could have been a lifeless CGI creation is made so much more compelling thanks to the practical approach to the android. A lot of this is thanks to the genius idea of having him be played by Paul Bettany, expanding on his voice role as Jarvis. And thanks to a simple sight gag, they even explained the cape.

1 Iron Man – Iron Man

The hero who started it all is appropriately the gold-standard for the MCU’s costume design. It’s easy to forget that the design of Iron Man was very different for big-screen heroes. His robot-like suit could have easily made him look like a Power Ranger if done poorly.

To ensure the design is top-notch, Marvel turned to the genius Stan Winston, the creator of some of the best practical creature and character designs in movie history. The result was a pitch-perfect look that felt real and lifted right out of the comics. Luckily, even through the many Iron Man designs over the years, the look has always remained grounded in the source material.

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2019-02-02 01:02:42

11 Superheroes (And 11 Supervillains) Coming To The Big Screen In 2019

The age-old battle between good and evil manifests itself in different forms. In the world of film, it usually takes the form of the next big superhero, horror, or action film. And, in the world of reboots and remakes, there are seemingly no limits for the resurrection, recasting, or relaunch of superheroes and supervillains. The superhero and horror genre are, of course, two of the greatest examples, as filmmakers have successfully kept certain characters alive for years through multiple iterations. Even though Dracula, Frankenstein, and the rest of Universal’s classic monster lineup died down after the ’50s, they have continued to pop up in multiple films (with each featuring new actors and versions of said characters) ever since. Meanwhile, iconic superheroes Batman and Spider-Man are both currently in their third film series and have both seen multiple actors put on their costumes.

As for characters that are new to film audiences, one needs only to look back at 2008’s Iron Man, which not only brought Marvel’s Iron Man to the forefront of the superhero genre, but also kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which has since brought several other lesser-known heroes and villains into the spotlight). Even though 2018 has had a stellar lineup of superheroes and villains to enjoy, 2019 looks to be just as good, if not better, with plenty of sequels, remakes, reboots, and first-time adaptations to keep fans happily buying movie tickets (with maybe some popcorn and a soda on the side).

So, let’s get ready to have a super-great next year (whether we’re rooting for the good or bad guys) with 11 Superheroes (And 11 Supervillains) Coming To The Big Screen In 2019.

22 Supervillain: Phoenix – Dark Phoenix

As X-Men fans are all aware, 2006’s The Last Stand got a lot wrong. One of its greatest mistakes was its handling of the Phoenix, an entity resulting from mutant Jean Grey being taken over by the Phoenix Force. In the comics, the Phoenix is one of the most powerful adversaries the X-Men have ever faced, which made it all the more laughable when she was offed by Wolverine’s claws in The Last Stand.

Thankfully, Dark Phoenix is looking to offer fans the Phoenix story they’ve been wanting, with Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner bringing Jean Grey’s frightening matter-and-energy-bending alter-ego to life. While we already got a glimpse of Phoenix’s power in Apocalypse, that seems to only be a taste of what we’re in store for when Dark Phoenix‘s is unleashed June 7th.

21 Superhero: Captain Marvel – Captain Marvel

The current surge in female-led superhero films brought audiences the spectacular Wonder Woman, but Marvel looks to also have huge success with Captain Marvel, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson. Even though Carol Danvers’ Avengers involvement was teased at the end of Infinity War, fans will get to see her in action even earlier with her own solo film, which explores the half-human, half-Kree ex-pilot’s struggle with her Earthly past while also defending the planet during an intergalactic war.

Joined by the return of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson (both looking young thanks to de-aging effects), Captain Marvel could make for not only the start of Marvel’s next successful series, but also another leap for female representation in superhero movies when the film premieres March 8.

20 Supervillain: Chucky – Child’s Play

Beginning in 1988, the Child’s Play series has become one of horror fans’ favorite franchises, scaring kids and adults alike with everyone’s favorite killer doll, Chucky. While cult actor Brad Dourif’s Chucky is still the definitive version (and will continue to be in an upcoming TV series), MGM plans to give the doll a frightening new upgrade in an upcoming reboot.

Rather than being possessed by a criminal through the use of voodoo, the new doll is rumored to be programmed for violence by a Chinese factory worker. Even if this upsets some diehard fans of the series, it will still be interesting to see the film’s success in scaring today’s tech age with the doll’s technological upgrades when it slashes into theaters June 21.

19 Superhero: Shazam – Shazam!

DC hasn’t had the best of luck connecting with audiences through its cinematic universe (especially when compared to the MCU), with common complaints being its uneven tones, gritty atmosphere, and overuse of CGI. However, when the trailer for DC’s upcoming endeavor, Shazam!, dropped, fans were surprised to find a simpler and funnier story than most superhero origin films that seems to not only stand on its own, but may also provide a breath of fresh air for the franchise.

Having funny-man Zachary Levi in the lead role as DC’s Captain Marvel (now known as Shazam due to obvious reasons) may have seemed like a bad choice at first, but his likeable personality (and those huge muscles) help him fit the part of a kid-turned-adult-superhero. Shazam makes his superhero debut April 5th.

18 Supervillain: Doctor Sivana – Shazam!

Since it’s basically a rule for every superhero movie to have some sort of villain, Shazam! will pit Billy Batson/Shazam against iconic foe Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

In the film, Sivana is rejected by The Wizard Shazam in acquiring the ancient sorcerer’s powers and spends the rest of his life trying to unlock his own forms of magic. Played by Kingsman actor Mark Strong (who is getting a second chance at playing a DC villain after his time in the vastly-hated Green Lantern movie), Sivana may not seem like much at first, but he definitely fits the bill of “more than meets the eye” (since his right eye gives him the ability to see magic). Things certainly won’t be pretty for Batson once Sivana finds out a 14-year-old boy was chosen over him.

17 Superhero: Sonic – Sonic the Hedgehog

Dubbed “the fastest thing alive,” the hedgehog has earned a place in video game history since his 1991 debut. While the series’ dip in quality with recent games has concerned some fans, the film could be just what the franchise needs to get back on top.

The announcement that Ben Schwartz would be voicing Sonic instead of current game actor Roger Craig Smith may seem like a questionable choice, but Schwartz is no stranger to voice acting (currently voicing Dewey on Ducktales and Leonardo on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Regardless, fans best be on the lookout, as Sonic will make his way to the big screen quicker than they think.

16 Supervillain: Doctor Eggman – Sonic the Hedgehog

Video game film adaptations have never gone well, but next year looks to be a promising opportunity for two of the industry’s biggest franchises. However, the hype train seems focused on Detective Pikachu, as not much is being said about Sonic the Hedgehog. Combining live-action and CGI, the film will see a sheriff (played by X-Men star James Marsden) join forces with the titular hedgehog.

What would a Sonic movie be without his archenemy, Dr. Ivo “‘Eggman” Robotnik? With a talent for creating evil robots and a mustache that puts many to shame, this mad scientist has tried many times to conquer the world but is always foiled by the anthropomorphic hedgehog. Jim Carrey is no stranger to playing crazy characters, so he will surely turn in a memorable performance come November 8th.

15 Superhero: Hellboy – Hellboy

For many, Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman will always be the one, true Hellboy. Portraying the stone-handed demon in two live-action films, two direct-to-DVD animated films, and a video game, his iconic voice and tough demeanor made him a perfect fit for the BRPD’s (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense’s) top agent.

However, after Hellboy 3 was cancelled, a reboot was announced without the involvement of Perlman or series director Guillermo del Toro. While this may not be what fans wanted, from what we’ve seen so far from lead actor David Harbour (known for Police Chief Jim Hopper on Stranger Things), he looks perfect in the role (if not a little better than Perlman). Supposedly holding an R-rating and co-starring Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane, Hellboy could prove itself as one of the best superhero reboots ever when it debuts April 12th.

14 Supervillain: Mysterio – Spider-Man: Far From Home

Continuing the trend started by Spider-Man: Homecoming of bringing new Spider-Man foes to the big screen, Far From Home will adapt another one of the web-head’s oldest and greatest rivals: Mysterio.

Before becoming a supervillain, Quentin Beck was a special effects wizard. However, when he failed to make it big in the movie industry, he decided to use his talents for evil and became the bowl-headed illusionist we know today (even if it’s unclear how much the bowl-head will be featured in the film, if at all). Even more exciting is the fact that Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly playing Beck. A multi-talented actor playing a multi-talented villain? July 5 can’t get here soon enough.

13 Superhero(es): The New Mutants – The New Mutants

Having a film introduce one new superhero is one thing, but introducing five could be asking for trouble. Thankfully, The New Mutants looks to be a lot more than just another origin story. Designed as the X-Men franchise’s first horror film, The New Mutants will see five mutants trying to escape a secret facility and its horrific experiments.

The team is made up of Magik (a Russian with sorcery-like powers), Wolfsbane (a Scot who transforms into a wolf), Cannonball (a Kentuckian who can launch himself into the air while remaining invulnerable to attack), Sunspot (a Brazilian with control over solar energy), and Mirage (a Native American who creates illusions based on others’ desires and fears). With such a diverse cast of characters and an intriguing new franchise direction, this film will hopefully please fans old and new come August 2n.

12 Supervillain: Scar – The Lion King

Disney has had its share of memorable villains, but many adults remember one in particular for “scarring” their childhood. Known for ending the life of King Mufasa (and sending hyenas after his young son, Simba), Scar the lion was truly despicable. However, he also deserves a bit of thanks, as, without him, we wouldn’t have got the 1994 animated classic The Lion King.

Today’s children (and their parents, who more than likely grew up with the film) will soon have the chance to experience the villain for themselves, as Scar, along with the rest of the film’s iconic characters, is returning for Disney’s CGI remake. While Oscar winner Jeremy Irons won’t be reprising the role, 12 Years a Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is certainly a strong choice and will pick up the villainous mantle July 19th.

11 Superhero: Mar-Vell – Captain Marvel

Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel may not be the only superhero making their debut in Captain Marvel, as Oscar nominee Jude Law is reported to be playing Carol Danvers’ colleague and predecessor, Mar-Vell (and the original hero to use the “Captain Marvel” moniker). While this hasn’t been officially confirmed by Marvel, we’re going to assume it’s true due to Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige’s Uproxx interview, as well as Law’s refusal to give a straight answer.

Mar-Vell (AKA Walter Lawson) may not be quite as popular as Danvers, but the Kree hero’s decision to aid the Avengers in protecting humanity more than earned him his “Protector of the Universe” title. Nevertheless, whether Law is a hero or villain, his acting talent will certainly benefit the film.

10 Supervillain: Mr. Glass – Glass

Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price (AKA Mr. Glass) may have already been the main villain of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 cult classic Unbreakable, but this wasn’t known until the ending’s surprise reveal. Therefore, since every good villain deserves their own movie, we consider Glass the official debut of Mr. Glass. Bringing the worlds of Unbreakable and Split together in the conclusion to Shyamalan’s “Eastrail 177 Trilogy,” Glass will also feature the return of Bruce Willis’ David Dunn (known as “The Overseer”) and James McAvoy’s Kevin Crumb (known by 24 different names due to his identity disorder, but, as a whole, “The Horde”).

However, Glass won’t be using his intellect alone, as Crumb’s 24th personality, “The Beast,” will provide the muscle to help enact his new plans. In an age of blockbuster superhero movies, here’s hoping Glass provides a unique (but still epic) showdown January 18.

9 Superhero: Ronin – Avengers 4

After skipping Infinity War, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is set to return in Avengers 4. However, he may not be the same as when we last saw him at the end of Captain America: Civil War. Stemming from set photos showing Renner concealing a black outfit with gold lining, rumors have arisen that Clint Barton will become Ronin, a katana-wielding samurai alter-ego (possibly due to the loss of his family from Thanos’ snap).

While this would certainly make for a tragic turn for Barton, it could also fulfill several comic fans’ desire to see him go beyond his typical arrow-shooting supporting role (especially since we may not be getting a Hawkeye solo film). This is just another one of the many reasons we’re counting the days until Avengers 4‘s May 3 release date.

8 Supervillain: Jafar – Aladdin

Another one of Disney’s top baddies was the evil sorcerer Jafar from 1992’s Aladdin. Plotting to steal the title of Sultan by marrying Princess Jasmine, he clashes with local peasant Aladdin before meeting his demise at the genie’s lamp he desperately sought to control. Disney’s live-action remakes are not always looked upon fondly, but next year’s Aladdin looks to not only adapt the tale for a new generation, but also bring some interesting new twists on the classic film (including casting Will Smith as the successor to Robin William’s iconic Genie).

Jafar will be played by Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari, who’s making a name in Hollywood with recent roles in The Mummy and Murder on the Orient Express and will bring his own form of “magic” to the role come May 24th.

7 Superhero(es): Agents H and M – MIB

One of the most beloved trilogies many don’t know is based on a comic book, the Men in Black series made audiences laugh for 15 years with standout lead performances from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. While the rumored fourth film seems unlikely, fans will be happy to know that the secret alien-centered organization is making a comeback.

Sony must have noticed Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson’s chemistry in Thor: Ragnarok, as they will star as the MIB’s newest agents, H and M, in the upcoming spinoff/reboot MIB. Taking place in the UK, the film also stars Liam Neeson as the head of the MIB’s London branch and sees Emma Thompson reprise her role as Agent O. Sounds like the world will be in good hands once the MIB June 14th.

6 Supervillain: LEGO Harley Quinn – The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Yes, we know. Last year’s The LEGO Batman Movie gave fans LEGO versions of practically every Batman character they could imagine, including Harley Quinn. However, while that version of Joker’s psychotic girlfriend was a good interpretation, the new HQ debuting in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part could be better. How? Because this version will be voiced by none other than Margot Robbie, who dazzled with her performance in 2016’s Suicide Squad (and is expected to do the same in 2020’s Birds of Prey movie).

While no footage of the new HQ has been included in the recent trailers, she did make an appearance in footage shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (reportedly dressed more like her Suicide Squad appearance). Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to see her in action, as the film opens February 8.

5 Superhero: John Shaft III – Son of Shaft

The Shaft franchise may not be that familiar to this generation, but many have surely heard Isaac Hayes’ iconic Oscar-winning theme song, which should tell fans all they need to know about John Shaft. Based on a 1970 detective novel, the original Shaft TV series and trilogy starred Richard Roundtree as Shaft, a private detective who helped popularize the blaxploitation genre. The 2000 film Shaft saw Samuel L. Jackson as the character’s nephew, John Shaft II, and featured a cameo from Roundtree.

Now, the third time will most definitely have charm, as not only will Roundtree and Jackson reprise their roles, but we will also be introduced to John Shaft III (played by Jessie T. Usher). Everyone better shut their mouths, because we’re talking about Son of Shaft, and it’s headed to theaters June 14th.

4 Supervillain: Talos – Captain Marvel

While not the most well-known Marvel villain, Talos is no pushover in terms of power. Known in the comics as “Talos the Untamed,” the Skrull warrior made up for his inability to shapeshift (a common trait among Skrulls) with his powerful fighting skills and strength. Though Captain Marvel changes his story by giving him shapeshifting powers (which he uses to work undercover in S.H.I.E.L.D. as Nick Fury’s boss), he should still have plenty of chances to trade blows with Carol Danvers, since he will be leading the Skrulls in their invasion of Earth.

Played by Rogue One star Ben Mendelsohn, Talos is sure to be more than a worthy adversary for Marvel’s current leading lady.

3 Superhero(es): The Angels – Charlie’s Angels

It is doubtful the creators of the 1976-81 crime drama Charlie’s Angels predicted the franchise would still be relevant nearly 40 years later, but its cult following and subsequent films (there was another show, but we don’t talk about that) have ensured it is and will continue to be in the foreseeable future, especially since a reboot film is on its way.

Directed by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks (who previously helmed Pitch Perfect 2), the film stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-fighting Angels trio, while Banks, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou will portray different versions of Bosley, an agent who aids the Angels in their missions. So, mark a calendar and prepare for the Angels’ long-awaited return from Heaven (man, that was lame) on November 1st.

2 Superhero: Alita – Alita: Battle Angel

Live-action anime and manga film adaptations haven’t always worked, though this doesn’t stop film studios from trying. Thus, here we are, with Hollywood’s next attempt at a “faithful” adaptation, this time being cyberpunk series Battle Angel Alita. While the film is being produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez, it has received criticism due to Alita’s oversized “manga eyes,” which some say could distract from other parts of the film.

However, the effects look great, the film’s other stars include Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Michelle Rodriguez, and the story of an amnesiac cyborg with hidden fighting skills in a dystopian future just sounds awesome. Let’s hope Alita: Battle Angel proves the critics wrong come February 14th (though, they have to give it at least a little love, since it’s Valentine’s Day).

1 Supervillain: The Joker – Joker

Arguably the greatest comic book supervillain of all time, The Joker needs no introduction. Though, while he has been portrayed by various actors in film, he has surprisingly never got his own film. Thanks to The Hangover director Todd Phillips, however, that’s all about to change.

Joker will put Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix in the Clown Prince of Crime’s shoes, telling an ’80s origin story for Batman’s arch-enemy (then known as “Arthur Fleck”). While it’s not yet known how Fleck will become The Joker, fans are already excited due to set photos showing Phoenix letting loose his inner madness in full costume and makeup (which gives off some Heath Ledger vibes while still staying original). Given Phoenix’s track record for great performances, could we see The Joker win his second Oscar? We’ll have to wait until October 4th to find out.

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Seven films to hit the silver screen this week


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Films Featuring Jazz to screen Nublu documentary

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Raymond Chow, Hong Kong producer behind Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, dies at 91

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